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    Monday, October 8th, 2012
    4:16 pm
    Abandon ship!
    Livejournal wants money to renew my account, and I don't feel inclined to give them any this year.

    Not like I post often, but I'm moving to dreamwidth and my LJ will be pretty much read-only until I get tired of it and delete all my old posts. (They've been mostly migrated to DW anyway, as if it really matters at this point.)

    I'll still probably use my LJ account to read other people's journals, since it's habit. (And set to command-1 on Safari.)

    This entry was originally posted at http://solipsistnation.dreamwidth.org/1502511.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
    Saturday, November 5th, 2011
    6:06 pm
    Sadness and surprise as Daddy’s Junky Music closes its doors for good - The Boston Globe
    Seriously, what?

    Sadness and surprise as Daddy’s Junky Music closes its doors for good - The Boston Globe

    DAMN, man, the thousands of dollars I spent there back in the home-synthesizer-studio days, and the millions of eyeball-dollars I spent on gear I couldn't afford... They had a fantastic synth room in the back, with all kinds of stuff set up and playable. I remember the total weirdness of the Arp Chroma's tactile feedback control panel, all the drum machines, any number of Oberheims and Yamahas and Ensoniqs and the occasional Casio (I love me some CZ-series synthesizers) and just on and on and on. And for a couple of delightful years they had an as-is department in the basement, full of all the stuff they didn't want to bother to repair, or that was too weird or too hacked-up or too broken to sell to anyone but what I will euphemistically refer to as "enthusiasts." You know, like me. Happy hours digging through busted-up gear and hoping for the magical appearance of something cool and functional enough to be worth hauling home...

    Man. That's the end of an era.
    Thursday, October 20th, 2011
    8:01 pm
    He learned almost too late
    ...that man is a feeling creature.

    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    8:06 pm
    The obligitatory Steve Jobs post
    It is pretty much inarguable that without the Apple II+s in my middle school, I would not be where I am today, and since I'm pretty happy with where I am today, that's a pretty major debt to Steve Jobs.

    I've been a staunch Mac fan since I first used them, and back when I was more vehement about stuff, I enjoyed many an Apple-related flame war. (These days I still can't resist dropping in and telling people to shut the hell up if they don't know what they're talking about.)

    The Mac inventory of primary-use Macintoshes:

    * Mac Plus, bought with the money I earned scamming poker games at my high school's graduation party.
    * Performa 6214, the worst computer Apple ever made.
    * PowerMac 8600/300, which by the time I sold it was massively upgraded, running a G4 processor card, with almost 50 gig of FWSCSI3 disk, a CD-ROM drive AND a CD burner, 2 video cards (one a VooDoo 3 with the "beta" ROMs from 3dfx), 2 21" monitors, various MIDI and audio interfaces, a wireless network card, and so on and so forth. It was BADASS.
    * PowerBook G4 (800 MHz TiBook)-- my first Apple laptop, and I used it until it disintegrated
    * PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz AlBook)-- also used basically until it fell apart
    * MacBook Pro 13" (unibody) -- my current lappy, of which I am quite fond. Currently has 8 gig of RAM and a 500 gig hard drive

    Secondary systems and derelicts:

    * Mac 512k (mostly used for parts)
    * another Mac Plus
    * Mac IIsi
    * Performa 6400
    * a couple of dumpster-dived iMacs
    * PowerBook 3400-- Berklee work machine
    * PowerMac 7200 -- another Berklee work machine
    * Duo 270c -- Berklee dumpster-dived/gift system, complete with Dock II
    * Quadra 700 -- Nubus audio card host
    * PowerMac 7200 -- WPI office webcam machine
    * Mac Pro (4-CPU, 12 gig o' RAM) -- UCSC work machine
    * a bunch of random servers -- all over the place!
    * a bunch of dumpster-dived bits -- mostly sold at MIT!

    Not to mention a Newton I used at Berklee and my current iPhone, and an Apple IIc I have in its special carrying case in the closet and a Macintosh Portable I was messing with for a while... I always wanted a PowerBook 1400, too-- they're so nice and light! The 13" MBP does a pretty good job of being that, though.

    Man, I've spent a lot of time on Apples...

    I'll miss the mystique and glamour and all that stuff he had, and I think the tech world will be the worse for losing his vision, even if he did borrow a lot of it from other people. Nobody combined ideas quite as well as Jobsie.

    The one Jobs quote that has come to mind the most often, though, is what he told the Macintosh team as they were ironing out the last few bugs and going over what was wrong with the first Macintosh system. It's important to keep in mind for basically any project you care about, because there's a point where you just need to get it out the door, and perfection be damned:

    Real artists ship.
    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
    6:02 pm
    Monday, September 19th, 2011
    10:27 am
    what the stylish resistance fighter is wearing this year (1944)

    Kicky shorts, a jaunty cap, and rolled-down socks keep the freedom-fighter of today mobile and flexible without sacrificing style. Top it with a patterned blouse and you're ready to go give the Boche what-for!

    From The Atlantic's fantastic WW2 photo series.
    Friday, September 16th, 2011
    9:40 pm
    A window into another world
    So here I was, reading up on tiny bugs that live in books, and I found this page:

    Ask The Exterminator: Booklice

    Yeah, pretty basic bug page, right? Read the comments. They start out fairly normal ("I have these things and can't get rid of them!") and pretty rapidly make a sharp left turn into crazypants:

    Sorry to burst all of your bubbles, but I am 26 and live in Florida now for the past year and a half. I got them from my mom's boyfriend's house we all live in. So does my 5 pets and my mother. They are NOT book lice. I have become ill OUTWARDLY from these creatures, but EVERYONE is being infected inside. The creatures create a symbiotic relationship with fungus and with mold to feed off your body and become part of you--you are now effectively a nano-bio-fungal-bacterial-parasite controlled person with large networks of Fiber filaments growing inside you. You will take them with you if you move without understanding they are IN you not just ON your things. The hope I give you is that YOU can get healthier and it will start leaving you, less itching,less "Swarming" of them around you in th ehouse,etc. When moving is necessary is if your home has been water damaged heavily, mold/mildew/or fungus ridden, improperly repaired, improperly ventilated, etc. This is a new world order disease. It is CONTAGIOUS. Please be careful. It is called by many names, but currently only called Morgellon's disease or Advanced Nano-Technology Disease. Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, and Dr. Bill Deagle can help you.

    It's quite the thing.

    I dont sleep EVER because of the advancing of the disease in me, and now out of me, so I SEE the swarming.

    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
    7:46 pm
    Saturday, August 27th, 2011
    12:25 am
    We just had an earthquake! USGS says it was a 4.6.

    The weird thing is that I could feel it begin to start-- there must have been some kind of subconscious hint, like sub-bass I could feel but not consciously hear. I suddenly became very alert, and actually thought "I bet there's about to be..." and then, with an almost inaudible rumble, I could feel the house begin to vibrate and my monitor rattled. I counted time-- it lasted about 15 seconds.

    And sure enough, here's the USGS entry for it.
    Saturday, August 20th, 2011
    9:25 pm
    Semantic tricks of two-year-olds.
    The boy is a tricky fellow. He knows exactly how to get stuff out of his parents. Here's how it works.

    First, he asks for something in a semi-inarticulate fashion. This is pretty easy since he's only barely understandable at the best of times (although his diction improves daily).

    His parents, being all totally up on Modern Parenting Theory, are conditioned to repeat back everything he says, on the understanding that this will reinforce verbal development. So, when we hear him say something a little unclear, we repeat back what we think he said, usually in the form of a question.

    The boy then acts all excited and happy that we asked him if he wanted whatever it was he was asking for in the first place. His bemused parents, not wanting to provide negative reinforcement to a child in his early developmental stages, then give him whatever he wants.

    It goes like this:

    Boy: (sort of mumbling) Mrrtrtyachps?

    Me: More tortilla chips?

    Boy: (Perfectly clearly) YEAH, SURE! [Runs off to stand expectantly beneath snack cupboard.]

    He gets me every time. I am such a sucker.
    Friday, August 19th, 2011
    12:28 am
    Surprise, an update
    Don't worry, it's not that I've migrated to Facebook or Google+; rather, I have simply dropped out of posting things almost entirely. (Well, I do post occasional photos to FB, but that's just because my phone can do it automatically.)

    I just watched "9th Company," a Ukrainian and Finnish movie about Soviets in Afghanistan, (EXTREMELY) loosely based on actual events. It's a war movie in the same vein as, say, "Full Metal Jacket" or "Jarhead," being as it's about kids going through basic training and being sent off to die. There's tiny bit of nudity (the only woman in the whole movie, come to think of it), a lot of shooting at things, a lot of blood, and some tanks driving around in the desert. Nobody has a very good time, but since this is a movie about, you know, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, you can pretty much assume that it's not going to have a happy ending.

    Mildly recommended. I suspect that you already know if it's something you want to watch. If this is the kind of thing you like, here it is.
    Saturday, August 6th, 2011
    10:48 pm
    Saturday, July 30th, 2011
    7:52 pm
    Monday, July 4th, 2011
    8:34 pm
    Pre-baby vs. Post-baby
    Pre-baby vs. Post-baby, iTunes movie library alphabetical sorting edition:

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
    11:19 pm
    movie watching
    I don't know if "The Thing" is the best choice of movies for late at night in a house we just moved into and which is still kind of unfamiliar, but it does feature at least one pretty awesome line:

    "I don't know what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."

    This is applicable to many situations.
    7:48 pm
    The Things
    The Thing, from the POV of the Thing:

    "I shared my flesh with thinking cancer."
    Monday, June 27th, 2011
    11:11 am
    Friday, June 24th, 2011
    8:16 pm
    Song challenge Day 5
    A song that reminds me of someone:

    That one's obvious, I guess.
    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
    10:38 am
    Song challenge day 2: A song I hate, plus bonus days 3 and 4.
    This is kind of difficult, actually. There are a lot of songs I dislike for various reasons. I dislike reggae pretty deeply. But a song I HATE? Nothing actually comes to mind, although I KNOW I've said, "Man, I hate this song!" on many occasions. Let me go ask people...

    (A pause.)

    Yeah, I dunno. It's been like 4 days now and I haven't come up with anything I really really hate. I suppose somebody will post in the comments and remind me of something. So, yeah. Let's just say "I HATE REGGAE! ALL OF IT!" and we'll go with that. Yeah, I don't know why. It might be from being around annoying people who like it, but who knows? I'll change the radio station or leave a store sooner than I might have.

    Rather than leave it on that note, however, here's day 3: A Song what makes me happy.

    Welcome to 1991. This song got heavy rotation and I still listen to it pretty often these days. It's so dorkily optimistic I can't help but like it. "Intergalactic punk-rock hip-hop" indeed.

    And to catch up, here's day 4: A Song what makes me sad.

    Bonus sad song:

    "Don't you have any HAPPY music?"
    Saturday, June 18th, 2011
    1:06 am
    30 day song challenge
    ...why is it a challenge? "My goodness, I have to find music I like. However shall I manage this daunting task?"

    Anyway, day 1: My favorite song. That's, uh... Okay, that's a challenge. Thus, I present you with a song I like right now:

    ...and with a song I've liked for a long time and continue to like:

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